[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Scott Kolins
Artists: Andrew Hennessey and Paul Pelletier
When the town of Amnesty Island is besieged by a series of shark attacks, authorities call Aquaman for help! What’s unusual about this case is that the shark isn’t trying to kill people—he just wants to talk to them. The very confused Jabberjaw needs to get back to Aqualand, the future undersea utopia where he came from. But that peaceful city where man and sentient sea life have been living in harmony has been turned into a dystopian nightmare created by a new Ocean Master. Now the King of Atlantis and his friendly shark ally have to team up to set things right. Also includes a Captain Caveman meets the wizard Shazam short story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins.
After months of Jason Momoa’s version of Arthur Curry taking up most of the public’s imagination when it comes to the character, it is nice to see Aquaman in a more traditional visage. The story unfolds like a Baywatch episode but with fantastical elements, which are both cheeky and entertaining, leaving readers to follow a fun story versus the dourer fare that the character has been involved in as of recent.
The repartee between Aquaman’s “straight man” routine and Jabberjaw’s “funny guy” role play like some of the better buddy cop movies, like Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh & Riggs. Lastly, the art by Hennessey and Pelletier, is stunning as the way they portray Aquaman and the characters of Sealab 2021 is quite sophisticated.
There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.
This book services both fans of Aquaman and Sealab 2021, with both a humorous and action packed vibe. So be sure to check this one out.